Freedom Trail
Freedom Trail
4.5
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Learn about early Boston and U.S. history on this 2.5-mile-long trail that passes through 16 historic locations. Look out for the brick markers—starting in downtown Boston, crossing through the North End, and finishing at the famous Bunker Hill Monument in neighboring Charlestown. You'll pass by notable stops like Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, and the USS Constitution frigate. You can embark on the Freedom Trail for free and at your own pace, but audio guides and guided tours are also available. The trail is lined with lots of cool cafes and restaurants for you to fuel up along the way. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • Park St • 3 min walk
  • Boylston • 4 min walk
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  • Lisa E
    Aurora, Colorado255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational and Interesting.
    The Freedom Trail was clearly marked and easy to follow. I'd suggest buying the guide book, as it gave a ton of information. There are plenty of places to eat along the way if needed. The first half of the trail took the whole day, but we read a lot and spent time in some of the burial grounds and such. I realized just how little I knew about the American Revolution! It seems to me it would be way to much walking for little kids. Also, we didn't go into all the museums.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Andrea S
    Nepean, Canada45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully-kept City, welcoming and historic downtown. Tons of parks and trees.
    This was a lovely day, time well spent. We learned a lot and also enjoyed the beautiful parks, heritage buildings, waterfront, pubs and monuments. Boston is a green and clean city- tons of trees in the urban areas and very little litter! One thing that could be helpful is more public washrooms, along the Trail.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 25, 2023
  • EssexBetty64
    Essex, United Kingdom614 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great introduction to Boston
    We followed the Freedom Trail on our first day in Boston. Get a map telling you about each place which will make it far more interesting. We loved it found it easy to follow and gave us a good introduction to Boston.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Sarah C
    Ashtead, United Kingdom1,261 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to discover "living" history
    Although we've done this before, it's definitely worth self-following the red bricks in the sidewalk (very Oz's Dorothy) and discovering the "history" of Boston and the US. We stopped longer in some places than others and avoided crowds where we could. Signage is good. Some places along the way are a bit tatty cheesy touristy but overall it's worth doing
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Jenny_from_PA
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania215 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some of the most interesting sites aren’t free
    I walked the entire trail from Boston Common to Bunker Hill and then back. Downtown can be really crowded with large groups of tourists on tours, which is to be expected, but is still annoying. Some of the more interesting sites, like the Old South Church, Paul Revere’s House, etc, have an entrance fee, so the costs can add up. I spent around 6 hours and it was a great walk through American history and different areas of the city. I recommend reading up on the history of Boston ahead of time for context.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Diana C
    Falls Church, Virginia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    Our tour was excellent. While it is a lot of ground to cover both historically and physically our guide made the time fly by. Clio was knowledgeable and personable. It was a warm sunny day so she made every effort to keep us in the shade as much as possible for our stops. She was very knowledgeable and clearly loved the history she was speaking about. Would certainly recommend her and the tour
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Dr Apurva Shah
    Ahmedabad District, India11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvelous
    History trail right in the middle of Boston. A little walk, exciting history titbits, beautiful gothic structure, a lot about Boston history. It also involves Boston common garden. Boston Central garden, ISKCON temple, shopping arena like Primark and TJMAXX are in immediate vicinity.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
  • KBurishkin
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mehitabel is a great tour guide who makes history come alive!
    Ordering thru 'thefreedomtrail.org' was easy and there's a great color coded calendar to show the different types of tours. Our tour guide, Mehitabel, was AMAZING! She made the history exciting and come alive. She included a lot of great information and was always open to questions. It was an incredibly cloudy day and we had a brief heavy rain around the granary (near Beantown pub) but she found coverage for the group while she continued to share the story of the events that led to the American Revolution. I'd recommend the 1pm tour with Mehitabel! She is 100% worth it!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Tracy
    Abilene, Kansas34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan for a lot of walking.
    We did this in three hours. I read somewhere it's a 2 mile tour. It is not. It took us about 3 hours and we rushed through it. So I want to help by posting a review. The trail takes you to the U.S.S Constitution as well as Paul Reveres home. We did not do everything. Wear good shoes! We paid $3.00 for a simple map. It was worth it! Lots of history. If you can, do the tour guide. We ran across a couple of groups and wished we did the tour guide. Make sure to do your research because I went in blindly.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Mark W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for families with t(w)eens. Tour guide was excellent.
    Visited Boston for a 3-day family vacation and kicked off our first day with the guided walking tour of the Freedom Trail. Led by our guide Isiah Thomas, all four of us (ages 11, 15, and two fortysomethings) enjoyed learning about the sites. Isiah told interesting stories, separated fact from fiction (we think?), inserted jokes, took questions, included appropriate modern historical perspective, and entertained the crowd. Would highly recommend. Quick tip, you can buy tickets at the visitor center even if the online booking shows as full (just show up early to give yourself time)
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
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Alireza123
Tehran, Iran1,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My wife and stayed in Boston for three days . For the first day we decided to get hop on hop off or follow freedom trail by walk . We picked walking and at the end of the day we were happy.
Trail is marked with red brick like red line in the gourd and easily you follow read line and see more than half of attraction of boston .
The weather was good and it took about 6 hours including lunch and museums that we went in.
Our best day in boston. If you are fan of walking highly recommended.
Written May 8, 2024
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Magiccat99
Cleveland, OH94 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Well laid out and easy to follow. Getting to the USS Constitution wasn't very easy. Went on a Sunday and a number of the churches and meeting houses were closed for services. I don't regret walking it but I would not do it again.
Written May 6, 2024
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Explore19373783064
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The tour was fantastic! Our guide Ben provided so much information while telling the story and leading the group through the city. Two hours flew as a minute. I would take the tour again when back in Boston. Thank you, Ben!
Written April 28, 2024
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Meander16363668367
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We chose to go without a guide, and I highly recommend this. You can download the audio tour via the NPS app and listen offline to each stop. We started at Boston Common and followed it the entire way. It's long and there are some inclines, so it can be tiring. Allow a lot of time, wear good shoes and bring water. It's interesting to see the buildings and sites that remain and walk through the various neighborhoods and nice to do something free. I think that a guided tour would have been kind of boring, we went through nicely at our own pace.
Written April 28, 2024
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JCMONEYMAN
Kissimmee, FL118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
If you like American history, put on your walking shoes and enjoy a self guided tour of the Freedom Trail.
I totally understand the patriotic pride of Bostonians.

Also check out the Boston Tea Party interactive and see a baseball game at the historic Fenway Park.
Written April 28, 2024
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Jonathan L
Pittsburgh, PA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Yes I did it: The Trail is a walk-through our history. From the Tea Party to Bunker Hill where for the first time american troops take the order to fire on red jackets. War against brothers was a tragedy, but America was born there and in that time. We've to learn and respect.
Written April 12, 2024
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david m
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We found the trail and walked it, we loved little Italy and the parks are beautiful. The trail is not well organized or labeled. There is a lot of history in a small area and there is a lot to learn. I would spend more time at the boats. I wouldn't dedicate too much time, but hit the important spots and ignore the "trail". I don't think the city really puts any effort into this, we kinda felt like it was looking at archeology in a third world country.
Written April 6, 2024
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CasinoStripes
Montreal, Canada62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was a fun morning. We went out with the Boston history society. Lots of information and history. It was a great experience for the family.
Written March 30, 2024
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Balfour H
Scotland, UK7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The experience was incredibly enjoyable and engaging. Our tour guide was exceptional, making the journey even more memorable.
Written March 29, 2024
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cannonater
Salt Lake City, UT1,424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
But this walk transports you back in time. The history behind everything you’ve grown up with is fascinating. Would highly recommend getting a guide.. It’s worth $15.00.. October 2018
Written March 16, 2024
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